Toy Story 2

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3 1/2

WOW! What a great film! A sequel to the original animated film success, TOY STORY, in 1995, TOY STORY 2 is even more phenomenal. Also produced by the Disney organization and Pixar Animation Studios, this sequel features many of the original toy characters, including likable cowboy Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, and space adventurer Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen. In this fast paced, exciting adventure comedy, Woody is kidnapped by a greedy toy collector. So his toy friends, headed by Buzz, are off to rescue him. Their search leads them into all sorts of comical adventures and predicaments. When they finally find him, it seems Woody is happy where he is because he is about to become famous. But his friends remind him that there are greater rewards to being a toy than fame. The films animation and dialogue are astoundingly wonderful, and the action packed adventure will thrill kids, both young and old. And the story has some very moving moments as well, which will tug at your heartstrings. TOY STORY 2 is an extraordinary treat for the whole family, but children up to about 15 years will particularly go for it.

Although there is plenty of action in the film, it never crosses over the line of being exploitive or excessive. But some scenes may frighten very young viewers, such as a harrowing street crossing where the toy characters are almost hit by cars and trucks crashing into each other. Also, an opening sequence features some rather intense video game action. There are lots of threatening chases, harrowing escapes, and some shooting battles with the villain, Zurg. Also, some Barbie dolls are shown participating in a mildly suggestive party. Particularly encouraging, though, is the story’s principal theme that the greatest reward of being a toy is to make a child happy and be loved by him or her. Woody’s concern about the plight of Jessie, a cowgirl toy voiced by Joan Cusack, is also very moving. Needless to say, the film contains no offensive language, sexual content or undesirable messages. Now if only the corporate policies of the Disney organization were equally commendable, this happy story would be complete.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Pictures (Disney), 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times Moderate (Laser weapon destroys aliens and spacetoy, toys arm accidentally torn off, toy discarded into trash can, threatening chases and harrowing escapes, toys endangered by crashing cars/trucks, villain toy shoots tennis balls at other toys, villain toy falls down elevator shaft, daring escape from airplane taking off)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once Mild (Barbie dolls participate in suggestive party)

Drugs: None

Other: Toy chooses love of child over becoming famous, toy concerned about plight of other toy, loving family portrayed, toys endanger own existence to save toy friend

Running Time: 125 minutes
Intended Audience: Families, but particularly children from 5 to 15

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